There are currently three on-island providers for further and higher education: the Guernsey College of Further Education (GCFE), the Guernsey Training Agency and University Centre (GTA UC), and the Institute for Health & Social Care Studies (IHSCS).
In January 2018, the States directed the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture to create a single organisation which will deliver full-time and part-time technical, professional and vocational studies for the Bailiwick of Guernsey, by integrating the existing three providers. It is also the Committee's intention to partner with a UK university to obtain University College status.
In May 2018, the Integrated Working Group (IWG) was formed to develop the plans for integrating post-16 education providers. The group is chaired by Professor Richard Conder, non-voting member of the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture, with the Principal of the GCFE, the Head of the IHSCS and the Chief Executive of the GTA UC also included.The working group has been vital in bringing the leadership of the organisations together to collaborate and develop the process of integration.
From July, the interim integration becomes effective and the three further and higher education providers will come together as one organisation known as The Guernsey Institute. The organisation will be led by an Executive Principal and a single interim 'shadow' board of governors will be appointed shortly. Once the new Education Law is in place, governance and leadership responsibilities will be fully devolved to a single board.
Initially the three existing organisations will retain their identities as faculties of The Guernsey Institute, with the GTA fulfilling its legal and statutory obligations as a company. Following the appointment of the new executive principal, in July, the leaders of the GCFE, GTA and IHSCS will each report into the new Executive Principal and will make up the leadership team of The Guernsey Institute.
Would you like to be a Governor for The Guernsey Institute?
The Committee for Education, Sport and Culture is seeking to establish a new interim Board of Governors for The Guernsey Institute from 1 July 2019. Governors will be essential in working with the Executive Leadership Team to shape the vision of the newly formed organisation and to support the integration process of the three existing providers.
Being a Governor provides the opportunity to: make a real difference to young people and adult learners; give something back to the local community; and to use and develop skills in a board-level environment. The Board needs to have a balance and diversity of knowledge, skills and experience to enable it to be effective. There will also be a separate internal process to select one staff and one student Governor.
Anyone aged over 18 can be a Governor. There is no requirement for applicants to have an understanding of the education system, just the necessary skills, character and time to contribute. There is plenty of training available to help you learn about education. The Guernsey Institute needs, and will benefit from, a range of professional knowledge on the governing board including education, finance, human resources, legal, marketing and public relations, property and estates management, and organisational change.
A Recruitment Pack is also available and can be found in the downloads section of this page. To submit your expression of interest, please click on the button below.